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    • TATTON PARK VWNW Sunday 4th August 2019
      ROLL UP ROLL UP Ladies and Gentlemen, Boys and Girls of all ages, show date confirmed for SUNDAY THE 4TH OF AUGUST
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    • Who's coming to the Social ?
      It's now 3 months till the Social, so it would be nice to get some idea of who is intending on coming along ?
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    • The Polo Social - Your first time? What is it? What to Expect? How to Book!
      The Polo Social, what is it?

      The Polo Social is a social event held on 28 June ~ 01 July 2019 that is put on by Club Polo which is open to all VW Polo owners from any Club.
      So, if you are part of a local club bring everyone down and grab a spot in the field.

      What to Expect?
      A relaxed event where you can catch up with other members, see their cars and meet new people from the club. Expect a big club meet which lasts the weekend with some beers and BBQs!
      What’s going on?
      Details are yet to be finalised but plans are for the club BBQ to return on the Saturday night, Show and Shine on the Sunday. We are looking to have some things going Saturday daytime. 
      Where is it?
      The event is held at Billing Aquadrome, Northampton Billing, NN3 9DA. http://www.billingaquadrome.com/ Tel: 01524 781 453 We have held the event here for a number of years before our recent departure to Kelham Hall, and it’s an excellent venue which really suits the club’s event. There is food available on site and there are also a couple of pubs and a Fish & Chips shop in walking distance. There is also the Mini-Golf, Karting and a leisure centre with a pool.
      What do you need?
      If you are camping then you need the general camping gear of tent, sleeping bag, etc. If you want to clean your car up for the show and shine on the Sunday there is a cold-water supply so, bring your bucket and cleaning gear. Also bring some money but there is a cash machine by the entrance to the site.
      How much does it cost and how to book?
      If you are camping the rate is £21/night. A pitch is for a tent for up to 4 people, if you have extra cars they may charge you extra. If you are a paid up member there is a discounted rate see this https://www.clubpolo.co.uk/topic/357805-polo-social-2019/ To book head to http://www.billingaquadrome.com/ and click book now. Then please select Shelduck 2 as this is our field. If you are camping for just the Saturday night then its £21 per pitch. You can book this online as per above but you might not be able to select Shelduck 2. Please select another field but just pitch up in the Shelduck 2 field with the rest of us when you arrive as there will be loads of room. The day rate is £10 per car.
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    • Club Polo Rolling Road Day - Saturday 6th April 2019
      It's time to see if all your engine mods have worked, see how much BHP/Torque you've gained or lost !!  Due to popular demand, we've moved from our traditional end of January/start of February date to Saturday 6th April (so no excuses not to come because its cold or dark :p )
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    • DashCam Giveaway from Chris Knott
      We're giving away a DashCam to one lucky winner!
      If you'd like to get your hands on a Dashcam you'll enjoy this latest competition from Chris Knott Insurance.
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    • Mclovin
      I'd say that it very much would be in the club's interest to pay to promote the events, especially the social at the very least. It may not bring in any money from the actual event, but as a promotional tool for the club? The more popular the event, the more potential paying members you get. Red bull don't earn anything from the big ass events they put on either, but they pay large sums to get people flying planes through hoops and shit because they know the importance of getting the brand out there. Have you looked into the cost of promoting it on other SM sites? Maybe insta would be more cost effective than FB?    Again, the RR being featured on a forum that very few people log into is pretty much irrelevant as far as advertising the event goes.    I can't comment on how visible the event was on fb as I'm not on there, but others I've talked to about it said they barely saw anything about it on there. 
    • nige8021
      The plastic bunch of bannanas inlet does take a bit of getting used too 🤣   The removal of the manifold is pretty much as you have described, the ECU will get upset by having the throttle body disconnected, however you can normally get around the need for diagnostic kit to "Re-learn" the settings by driving around for 20~30 mins using varying throttle loads so the ECU can re-learn the settings.   With the manifold off, it might pay to remove the oil/air seperator block on the rear of the block, as over time they can get gunked up leading to excessive oil vapours being ingested and seeping into the cabin. Also on the drivers side end of the manifold is a sensor (inlet air temp & manifold absolute pressure) whip that out (two torx screws) and give it a clean with some spray carb cleaner, don't use a brush or rag on it as it's quite delicate, easier to do it with the manifold off, and have good close inspection of all the vacuum pipes as they are prone to deteriorate and the main vacuum pipe to the servo is known to split     There are "O" rings on the manifold, in theory (ideal VW world) you would replace them, https://volkswagen.7zap.com/en/rdw/polo+derby+vento-ind/po/2001-240/1/133-133011/#4   in practice if they look OK refit maybe with a smear of silicone sealant  
    • cavedweller
      OK, the starter makes a slight grinding noise just after starting that to me sounds like a bearing or bendix going bad or something so I want to change it before it goes altogether. I know there are people who say you CAN replace the starter without taking the intake manifold off but I want to take it off anyway just so I can have a look at things to see how it all works and fits together.   Looking at my monster 999cc engine it looks like somebody has stolen the inlet manifold and replaced it with a piece of weird black plastic, surely somebody's sick idea of a joke. I mean, all inlet manifolds are made of some kind of metal. right? What next? Pistons of wood?   Anyway, I'm going to take the intake manifold off when I change the starter and was just wondering if there's any weird quirks I should be aware of. It looks easy enough to me, just remove a few allen bolts and disconnect a couple of wire connectors, but I'm sure there'll be some kind of computery complications involved. Will the ECU go mad if I disconnect the wires to the throttle body etc?   Also I expect to find either gaskets or O-rings at the inlets so are these  likely to need replacing with new ones or can the old ones generally be used again with caution if they look good? I rather suspect it should all come off easily by the looks of it without even taking the throttle body off and then I can do the starter and have a poke about at the back of the engine to see what's what.   Are there any other little jobs that need doing while the manifold and starter are off? Would hate to have to pull it all off again just for something minor later.    
    • cavedweller
      Oh yes I too have had to come to terms with electronic ignition finally, but there's a reason. Back in the day when I was a motorcycle courier in London all the electronic ignitions on bikes (and there weren't many back then) were completely shite. They didn't last and cost a fortune to replace. You even had to drop the engine out of a Honda CX500 to do it. Nightmare. So I either used bikes with points ignition or converted my more modern bikes to run points ignition which was easy as most electronic units back then were simply bolt-on affairs that fit where the points on that model used to go.   Fast forward a hundred years to now and I'm perfectly happy with the electronic ignition on my bike because it's simple, bulletproof and a spare CDI box only costs me seven quid from China and can be replaced at the side of the road in less than two minutes (never had to though) and everything just works great. If they had been like that in the first place it would have been fine but in the beginning electronic ignition was just terrible so I steadfastly opposed it on my work bikes which had to do hundreds of miles every week in all weathers all the time. Points never let me down, but back then but we didn't have cheap and cheerful Chinese parts like we do now.   As for the rest of it, my Polo only has a 999cc engine so anything that robs it of power is no good to me. I know from working on stuff all my life that you CAN get pretty reasonable mileage out of a bigger engine if you try, but an underpowered little engine that's working too hard will still get terrible mileage even if it's a wee little engine. If it's got to struggle along it's just not working efficiently.   There's been a lot of waffle over the years since fuel injection became the norm but I can tell you a well tuned carb engine can be as clean running as fuel injection if you stay on top of it and do a bit of tuning and maintenance, but most people don't do their own maintenance these days so a computer assisted fuel injection system that can mostly fend for itself is probably for the best in most cases.   It's the primitive nature of this 2000 Polo that drew me to buy it in the first place. Modern cars bore me but there's little actually "modern" about a 2000 Polo and spares are cheaper than bits for my bikes! I hate pretty much all modern cars because I grew up driving cars that had character. In my day a secondhand car could have been anything from the 1940's to the 1970's and cars were wonderful back then. But you'd pay dearly for anything of that vintage now and I can't be bothered to work on them all the time so this Polo fits the bill nicely.
    • nige8021
      You might be lucky and get the switched ground to energise a relay, but as it's already high resistance, it's only a matter of time before it completely fails, much better to replace the clockspring https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/VW-Polo-6n2-00-02-Steering-wheel-Squib-clock-spring-slip-ring-1H0959653E/223262530130?hash=item33fb7bda52:g:y1kAAOSwH-daKSsd   or  https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Airbag-Clock-Spring-Squib-Spiral-Cable-For-Volkswagen-Seat-most-models-to-2004-/162961404595 
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